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Archive Date: 18/06/2006


Well that's it for another season on our rivers,with mixed reports coming back in from those who braved the conditions over the closing weekend.The boys who caught the BIG ones last week in the Eucumbene river Rob Leghorn , Lance and Wade did well for the week with over 200 fish being landed & released between them, commenting that it was the best run of BIG fish they had seen in 15 years .Rob also lost another big fish which they estimated at over 8kgs !!!!

The great fishing continues on both lakes Eucumbene & Jindabyne which remain open ALL YEAR . Some of our best fishing actually occurs right through winter with good numbers and size of fish being caught baitfishing,spinning,trolling & a few on the fly as well . Remember you can always go back through the Fishing Report Archives if you have missed some of the recent action ! Call into the store for a cuppa on your way through and let us know how you go on your way home - we may even be able to take a photo of your fish for this report


Rivers:- NOW CLOSED Until Saturday the 30th of September 2006

Lake Eucumbene:- Still some very nice rainbows averaging .800 grams to 1kg being caught at present. The rainbows seem to come in for that hour on dusk chasing yabbies and at first light. Steeper shale banks around the dam wall and western shores are well worth.The falling lake levels have really got the yabbies moving, so fishing a woolly bugger into the night will help you find the better browns.You can also target that trophy fish right through winter around the mouths of the main river tributaries so long as your not fishing in flowing waters well below the first set of rapids

Lake Tantagara :- No reports this week and road access may be closed due to snow !   

Lake Jindabyne:-  Mostly evening fishing with large streamers like woolly buggers and fuzzy wuzzys etc. With the browns now on their way it won't be long till we start to get some polaroiding in , with conditions looking set for a great winter period. Area's worth a look include Stinky Bay, Sid's bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay , Snowy arm and Kalkite.You can also target that trophy fish right through winter around the mouth of the Thredbo river at Waste point/Creel Bay, so long as your not fishing in flowing waters well below the first set of rapids

*Mark from Gosford did well up on East Jindy fishing bead head "mid-night buggers" on Sunday night for 3 good rainbows to 1.2kgs and 1 nice 2kg brown. Commenting it was great fishing with a fish around every half hour up to mid-night.


Eucumbene:- The great trolling continues, just stick to the main launching area's with the falling lake levels ie: Buckenderra - who have put in a new gravel ramp with road base ! the point at Old Adaminaby, Anglers Reach , Breamar Bay and the Dam wall for smaller boats. Both leadlines at 3 colours and flatlines have been producing the goods. The rainbows are in peak condition and averaging around the 1kg mark, feeding heavily on yabby's with the falling water  levels, while some better browns have also started to show up as they get itchy for spawning. Consistent lures include Tasmanian Devils in Cols 36,89,55, 72,S12, Y82 & Y62. Our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine Special,Pink Wings and Pink Bits patterns, Rebel minnows and crawfish,ultra deep Merlins,Stump Jumpers,Rapala minnows, RMG Scorpions & Poltergeist.

*Howdy guys, As promised here is the photo of the solid Brooky Dad caught out at Wollondibby/Curiosity rocks Monday morning.  Apart from one or two other light hits the Brooky was the only fish we encountered.  He took a Rapala Vibrax Minnow Spin in goldfish pattern, pity these are now out of production ! Cheers Matt Taylor

Jindabyne:-  We have had some great reports back in from Jindabyne over teh last few weeks. The best area's have been in the main basin out around the islands in front of town & Sid's Bay over at East Jindy, up around Waste Point and at the top of the lake around Kalkite. Fishing a mixture of small minnows like RMG Scorpions, Merlins , Rapalas & Attacks along with Tassies in just about all the "Yellow Wing",as well as our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine Special & Pink Wings patterns producing the goods.

*James Blunt and Henry Urbanavicius from Sydney did very well trolling from their canoes  over three 2 hour sessions up around Waste point. The boys flatlined with Rapal jointed shad raps for 15 fish , with 6 good browns to 2kgs , 4 nice rainbows averaging 1kg and 5 salmon to 1.9kgs. 

*Now is the time to try working up around creel bay with bibless rattlers and larger soft plastics. This technique proved deadly on the browns last season and with a little perseverance can produce some great captures for those willing to try something a little different. 

*Joe from Canberra took his daughter Caitlyn up to Old Adaminaby for a nights baitfishing , landing 23 fish for the night all on orange Powerbait nuggets and kept 10 good rainbows  averaging 1kg for the table
The baitfishing has been unbelievable over the last few months with incredible catches coming in from Eucumbene. Just about all the main baits have been taking fish with scrubbies & Power Bait accounting for the most captures. Make sure you pick an area with plenty of weed and some structure like rocks and tree's. The most popular rig is to run your main bait with a Powerbait dropper ( Pictured below ).Power bait naturally floats, so the distance you make your dropper is the distance you can expect your Power bait to be above the bottom. This means that fish will find your bait a lot quicker even if you have cast into weeds. If they don't eat the Power bait they have found your main bait a lot quicker. The hook is important when fishing with Power bait and we have a special NEW  "circle hook" pattern from Mustad just for the job - which hooks them for you ! Feel free to ask us to go over the rig next time your in if still unsure.
*Shanon Donoghoe ,laurance and stephen with some of their catch from seven gates - all up the boys caught 15 nice rainbows all on Powerbait !
*Hi Boys - Fished Seven gates on Friday and Saturday and left before the big freeze set in. Not a lot of success as compared to recent trips over previous weeks. I had to go back on Sunday morning to retrieve something I had lost. I have attached a photo of the snow that fell on Saturday night. Mike Dwyer !
Powerbait Dropper Rig 

Best areas on Eucumbene include: Middling bank, Rushy Plains Bay, Seven Gates, Yens bay, Breamar bay ,Providence around the Eucumbene River Mouth and along the dam wall at Eucumbene Cove.

Best area's on Jindabyne include: The clay pits in front of town, Hatchery bay, Hayshed bay , creel bay and Kalkite.

Jindabyne Dam Wall project Up-dates :- For detailed information regarding the work being carried out on the Lake Jindabyne Dam wall, including road delays etc go to :-

Lake Levels

Eucumbene 33.5 % Falling 

Jindabyne 58 % Rose Slightly 

Tantangarra  6.3 % Stable

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